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Multi-Tasking My Way To Leisure Time

Posted by infinitygoods on January 22, 2008

wfmwbluebanner.jpgLife is busy and if we want to squeeze every bit into 24 short hours, we have to multi-task and it’s all in the timing. Here’s a couple of examples that allow me time to read, blog or best of all, enjoy quality time with my family.

First, I let my appliances help me multi-task. I’ll fill my crock-pot, load my washing machine and my dishwasher, and I have 1-2 hours to go grocery shopping (I get to avoid the noise) or vacuum or just play.

Then, I’ll load my dryer — no rocks, please — and unload my dishwasher while the dryer and crock-pot are still going. I usually still have at least a half hour for another task or more play.

In the same amount of time it takes to do one load of laundry, I’ve also washed my dishes, cooked dinner and shopped for groceries, plus I’ve either done two other tasks or I’ve done two fun things.

On a cold winter day, my morning routine helps me relax. First, I’ll throw something in the oven (I either took something out of the freezer the night before or I prepared something the night before. It could even be something store-bought.)

The hot oven will warm my kitchen/great room 5-10 degrees, saving on my heating bill while I cook for my family.

Then I’ll put some water on the stove to boil. If I’m getting on the computer, I’ll turn it on now, because it would make me wait otherwise. There’s no need to stare at a screen that long. Every few minutes saved throughout the day add up to hours at the end of the day and week.

While the water and computer do their job, I set the toaster and prepare my cup. By the time I’m ready, the water has boiled and the computer is waiting for me.

I have the luxury of a leisurely breakfast while I’m cooking lunch and enjoying some Internet time (or a great book).

Making sure I rarely do only one task at a time helps me save up hours, it works for my sanity and I get to spend more time with my family.  How do you multi-task or save time for your family and yourself?

For more participants, head over to Shannon’s Rocks In My Dryer and if you’ve missed some of my previous posts, just click below.

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WFMW — Hide Large Desk Calendar On Inside of Guest Closet Door

Posted by infinitygoods on October 23, 2007

With a standard-size calendar our busy family was always running out of room in those tiny squares, plus we were always running back to the kitchen or back to the home office to check where we were going next.

When I hung a large desk calendar on the inside of the guest closet door, our troubles were over! The squares are 2-3 times the size of most wall calendars, and each time we’re ready to walk out the door we can check the schedule for the day.

If while we were out we made an appointment, first thing we do as we put away shoes or backpacks is to add it to the family’s schedule.

Being inside the closet, it doesn’t make the room or hallway look cluttered with yet one more thing.

Our family hasn’t needed a cork board or a white board, but if yours does, there is plenty of room both above and below the calendar for these too.

If your children bring home weekly envelopes or fliers with information about upcoming events at school or with the sports team, be sure to keep them for easy reference. I use a butterfly clip that I hang from one of the calendar hooks. The fliers can stay neatly tucked behind the calendar until needed.

Please be sure to read my other WFMW post for the week for life-saving advice for children.

Thursday’s post will be about 13 Halloween costume ideas, so if you’re in need of some of those, be sure to stop by here. 😉

If you missed my other WFMW tips, here they are:

Child’s haircut without tears

Homemade bread stuffing

plastic colander bath toy drainerholder

reuse plastic grocery bags in the car

How to increase Web site traffic?

16 Web site tips

Toy storage

And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s Rocks in My Dryer for lots more tips from all the participants.

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